Heavily armed robbers broke into a printing house in the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires last weekend and made off with 638 boxes of Panini World Cup stickers, local media have reported. With each box containing 1,000 packets of stickers priced at 60 cents US apiece, the bandits' haul is estimated to be worth over $360,000.
The armed robbers got their hands on the stickers after storming the printing house, intercepting the manager as he arrived at work, and then forcing employees to load the boxes containing the valuable collectibles into their truck.
Football fans on Twitter had a field day joking about the bizarre robbery. Some jested about the difficulties associated with finding some of the more rare stickers, while others joked about their expense, or the absurdity of the situation.
Gunmen in Argentina have stolen up to $360K worth of Panini World Cup stickers from a printing house.— Optus Sport (@OptusSport) 7 июня 2018 г.
We always knew they were a hot commodity, but damn. Messi's goat would be shook.#OptusSport
Thiefs in Argentina have stormed a Panini printing building and stole $360,000 worth of World Cup stickers!— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) 6 июня 2018 г.
Wouldn't be surprised if they still didn't have enough to complete the World Cup book.
About 12 packs then at today’s rate?— WBA Rainbow Stand ® (@TheRainbowStand) 6 июня 2018 г.
Others simply 'stuck' to sticker-related puns.
The charges won't stick— Ray Martin (@raymartin050369) 6 июня 2018 г.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is set to kick off on June 15, and run across 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg and Sochi until July 15.